To apply for the PMP examination you must demonstrate the following requirements:
|Requirements – Category 1 (Hold a baccalaureate degree or equivalent – the subject does not matter)||PMP|
|Experience in ‘directing and leading’ project teams||4,500 hours|
|Number of unique months of non-overlapping project management experience||36 months|
|Allowable timeframe for accumulating experience, prior to date of application||3 to 8 years|
|Formal, project management specific training contact hours (prior to application)||35 hours|
|Requirements – Category 2 – (Hold a high school diploma or equivalent)||PMP|
|Experience ‘directing and leading’ project teams||7,500 hours|
|Number of unique months of non-overlapping project management experience||60 months|
|Allowable timeframe for accumulating experience, prior to date of application||5 to 8 years|
|Formal project management specific training contact hours (prior to application)||35 hours|
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|| The detailsThe supporting documentation/information required by a candidate before applying for the examination is:
Potential candidates must also agree to abide by the PMI Code of Ethics
Your experience verification forms must identify hours against some of the specified tasks in each of the five ‘domains’ within a project’s life cycle (but there are no minimum requirements):
To complete your application for each project listed you will need to:
- Document your project management performance. Candidates will be required to document experience in performing specific tasks needed to effectively lead and direct projects as part of the application process (refer table above). You can count hours from all of the projects you have worked on in the last 8 years (counting back from the date of your application).
- Provide project contact information. Applicants will be required to provide contact information for each project that is submitted as part of the application. During the application evaluation review period and if an application is selected for audit, PMI will contact the manager(s) indicated on the application to validate the documented experience.
PMI reviews and/or audits all Certification applications. During the audit process, PMI requires formal verification of all information you have provided. This is to be provided by your employer(s) and educational institutions. This is a very formal process designed to maintain quality in the Certification Program. If incorrect information is found during the audit process, you will have your Certification or eligibility revoked.
PMP training courses offered by R.E.P.s [see more on PMI Registered Education Providers] are pre-approved by PMI for the designated Contact Hours in fulfilment of your PMP eligibility requirements. The eligibility of contact hours from other training sources are the responsibility of the PMP candidate and will be determined on a case-by-case basis through the application audit process.
If you are not a PMI member and intend joining; complete your PMI application first, receive your membership # and then apply for the PMP exam.
Download a copy of The PMP Handbook.
The PMP Exam Structure
The PMP exam consists of 200 questions made up of 175 ‘live’ questions and 25 pre-test questions. The pre-test questions are scattered randomly throughout the exam and do not influence your score (they are there to validate the question for use in future exams). However, you have no way of knowing which questions are pre-test and which are ‘live’; you need to deal with all 200 questions in the same way!
PMI do not publish a passing score for the PMP; a pass is awarded to candidates that achieve an acceptable score compared to the overall number of people taking the exam. The structure of the exam is:
Percent of Questions
|Monitoring and Controlling||